The court hears arguments in case #28533, Her Majesty the Queen v. Steve Powley, et al., on March 17, 2003.
On October 22, 1993, Steve Powley and his son Roddy Powley shot and killed a bull moose near Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. They were later charged with unlawfully hunting moose and knowingly possessing game hunted in contravention of the Game and Fish Act. They both pleaded not guilty, on the ground that, as Métis, they have an Aboriginal right to hunt for food in the area. The trial court, Superior Court of Ontario, and Ontario Court of Appeal all agreed with the Powleys. The Ontario government is now appealing those decisions to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Lawyer Joseph Elliot Magnet presents arguments on behalf of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, an intervener in this case. Lawyer Robert MacRae presents arguments on behalf of the Ontario Métis Aboriginal Association, an intervener in this case. Lawyer Clem Chartier presents arguments on behalf of the Métis National Council, et al, interveners in this case. Lawyer Lori Sterling presents arguments on behalf of the Crown.
Later on the program, Steve Powley speaks with CPAC’s Tasha Kheiriddin about his impression of the case. Tanis Fiss, an Aboriginal policy expert with the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, also speaks with Tasha, discussing her organization’s position on the case.